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fretless A/E bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juniorkimbrough, Nov 22, 2005.


  1. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    I have a fretted Fender A/E bass that I never play, so I have been thinking about getting it defretted. I think I would play it a lot more if it were fretless.

    Anyone here ever had one of their A/E basses defretted? Is it any different from defretting an electric bass. And how much approximately would it cost me to get this done?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I used to have a fretless A/E and I think I was as excited about it as you're about yours right now.

    Unless you can't get rid of it, I think you'd be better off selling it and getting a Godin A4 or 5.

    A repair person would charge you about $200 for a defret. A waste of money, IMO.
     
  3. Juniorkimbrough

    Juniorkimbrough

    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    That's the thing I've tried to sell it several times but never have any buyers...actually tried to sell it for pretty much half what I paid for it.
     
  4. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    Could you put a fretless neck on it instead of defretting it? Just another option.

    I've got a fretted HMT bass (same thing but with a hockey-stick headstock) which I really enjoy. I'm getting one of Walter Harley's new piezo buffers for it to make the piezo more useful.

    They are nice basses - I'm surprised you didn't find a taker for it.
     
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    The only snag with the A/E basses is that they have an assimetrical neckplate, so a normal neck setup wouldn't work. You'd have to ger a blank neck and drill the holes yourself or have a guitar tech do it.